A new Battlefield 2042 mode should be presented very soon. Game developer Dice has confirmed that he will be showing a trailer for the currently sub-wrapped Danger Zone mode this week and fans are already speculating on what this new offering will entail.
Currently, the Hazard Zone trailer is slated for Thursday, October 14 at 11 p.m. ET and the mode has been described as “a whole new high-stakes multiplayer experience” where “every bullet, every skirmish and every decision counts. “It really looks a lot like a Battle Royale mode to us.
If Hazard Zone is indeed a Battle Royale style mode, it wouldn’t be the franchise’s first stabbing. 2018’s Battlefield 5 received a mode called Firestorm several months after its launch, which tasked players with competing to be the last man standing on a rapidly shrinking map. The mode has shown promise but has never been able to find a large enough player base to sustain itself, and is generally viewed as a failure in the Battlefield community.
Hazard Zone will be one of the three pillars of Battlefield 2042. It will be paired with All-Out Warfare, which is the traditional Battlefield experience with modes like Conquest and Rush played on massive maps. As well as Battlefield Portal, which will allow players to mix and match content from a range of classic Battlefield games to create custom matches.
Is a Battlefield 2042 Battle Royale really necessary?
While we don’t yet know the exact nature of Hazard Zone, it certainly seems likely that it will at least contain elements of a Battle Royale mode. This begs the question of whether someone actually wants a Battlefield 2042 Battle Royale?
Community reaction to this prospect has been quite moderate. Let’s not forget that the majority of major Battlefield players did not accept the previous attempt in the Battle Royale series, so unsurprisingly, many are wary of Dice getting another boost.
There’s also the issue that Battlefield 2042 is a full-priced version of $ 70 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, and even on PS4 / Xbox One it still costs $ 60, giving it a pretty high barrier of entry. . This could easily mean that the danger zone in Battlefield 2042 does not have the necessary player base to maintain itself. After all, the biggest names in the Battle Royale genre like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty Warzone are all free for a reason.
There is also the question of whether investing in a Battle Royale mode is a good use of developer resources. After the Battlefield 2042 beta it’s clear that the game is in pretty rough form and definitely needs a lot of extra tweaking. Wouldn’t the time and effort spent on continuing the Battle Royale sauce train have been better spent to ensure that the base Battlefield 2042 multiplayer experience was a bit more polished?
Of course, it’s entirely possible that Hazard Zone is a more unique version of the Battle Royale formula, or even something completely different, we’ll find out soon. Additionally, expect to see a lot more of Hazard Zone and Battlefield 2042 in general as it launches on November 19.